Evidently,music and movement has a substantial effect on early-child agedchildren. Neuroscientific and Psychological studies conducted byvarious scholars have established that music and movement improvesboth verbal and general reasoning skills of young aged children(Walter& Sat, 2013).Therefore, the study will primarily focus on establishing thecognitive, physical and Socioemotional positive effects of music andmovement on early childhood aged children. Further, the research willseek to establish some of the strategies which can be used toinfluence the community and family so that they can get involved inthe lives of early childhood-aged children. Equally important,community resources that families can use to implement music andmovement into the life of a child will also be discussed.
Positive effects of music on early childhood-aged children
Firstly,music and movement have a significant positive impact on the memory,intelligence levels, listening and linguistics skills of youngchildren (Walter& Sat, 2013).Ordinarily, the brain of any human being is able to memorize andrecall past events if they happen to be done in a more practicalmanner. Music and movements compel children to be focused, attentiveand progressively master the technical skills. These basics help innurturing and sharpening their memory. Also, music and movement havea progressive effect on their listening skills. It helps them becomeproficient hence able to tackle any tasks associated with listeningwithout much difficulties (Walter& Sat, 2013).Notably, music helps children detect any sound or tone variation inwhen singing, playing instruments or listening to various songs. Thismakes it easy for them to differentiate diverse genres of music.Moreover, music and movement enhances their linguistic skills.Undeniably, singing is a very powerful tool that can be used bychildren to learn their language, it helps them grasp the basicconcepts hence able to master it well. On the same note, musicalsounds are comprised of language-related concepts which also perfectstheir reading skills (Walter& Sat, 2013).
Also,music and movements largely contribute to their health development,reduces the risk of exposing themselves to other medicalcomplications such as childhood obesity. Further, music and movementhelps them realize the importance of a balanced diet (Walter& Sat, 2013).Usually, children take pleasure in physical activities which have apositive effect on their fitness and general health. Without doubt,good health is essential for their growth since it minimizes thedevelopment of various complications such childhood obesity whichmight expose them high blood pressure and liver diseases. Musiccomprises of vigorous movements by the participants hence the needfor them to take a balanced diet. This is essential for earlychildhood-aged children since they are able to monitor their mealseven as they grow into adulthood hence resulting to good health(Walter& Sat, 2013).
Additionally,musical and movements assists early childhood-aged children learnmore about their cultural heritage as well as enhancing unity andpeaceful coexistence amongst them. Notably, music and movement isessential in uplifting their moods (Walter& Sat, 2013). Notably,music helps students acquire cultural beliefs and values as well asappreciating their significance in the society. Moreover, childrencreate music and various movements together, this makes them gainmetaphorical experience by combining different instruments to producea specific sound that couldn’t be produced by a single instrument.From that, they are able to recognize the importance of embracingunity and peaceful coexistence. It is also important to note thatmusic and movement is vital for early-childhood aged children sinceit makes them feel happy, excited and relaxed (Walter& Sat, 2013).
Strategies of how the family and community can be influenced to get involved in the lives of early childhood-aged children
Itis vital for the family and the entire community to take part in thelives of early childhood-aged children by using simple instruments,technology, choosing developmentally appropriate songs, acknowledgingand rewarding children who are the best in either dancing or singing(Walter& Sat, 2013).To start with, using simple tools in music will facilitate theirlearning process. This will make it easier for the children to graspvarious skills hence transforming music into a memorable and excitingexperience. That will attract families and the entire community toactively take part in the lives of their children. Also, choosingappropriate songs which contribute to the moral, spiritual and mentalgrowth is an important strategy which will attract their families andcommunity (Walter & Sat, 2013). Likewise, the use of technologysuch as video cameras to record music and movements when they areplaying, will help influence parents after watching some of theactivities done by their children. This will considerably influencethem to be participate in their lives. Again, acknowledging andappreciating good performance portrayed by the kids through rewardsimproves their morale and desire to perfect their skills. Moreimportantly, it is a crucial strategy that will influence theirfamily and community to get involved in their growth and development(Walter& Sat, 2013).
Community resources which families can use in implementing movement and music into the life of his or her child.
Undoubtedly,there are various community resources which families can use toimplement movement and music into the life of their children. Theyinclude, reading books related to music, play and dance, also theyshould use learning institutions and native language whenimplementing music into their children. Moreover, families shouldmake good use of mentors as well as governmental and non-governmentalorganizations. Reading books related to music will equip them thenecessary knowledge required to effectively implement movement andmusic into the lives of their children (Walter& Sat, 2013).For instance, they will learn more on some of the movements which canbe easily adopted by children or the most inspiring songs vital fortheir general growth. Also, they should prioritize the use of theirnative language in implementing music and movements. This will assistthem study the language more easily, recognize and appreciate theircultural values before exploring those of other communities as theygrow into adulthood. Families should also use schools and learninginstitutions to implement music and movements to their children. Moreemphasis should be put on music so that it can be part of the lessonslearned by students in the school curriculum. Also, it is crucial tosupport some events such as music festivals through sponsorship(Walter& Sat, 2013).Such platforms give children opportunities to showcase their talents,interact and learn more on how to develop their skills in music andmovement. Moreover, families should utilize both governmental andnon-governmental organizations set up to nurture and promote talent(Walter& Sat, 2013).This will helpful to their children since they will learn more skillsand techniques related to music and movement. It will also give themmore exposure through competitions and special events such asceremonies where they perform. Lastly, it is crucial for families touse various mentors within the society to implement music andmovement in their children. Music mentors will help in identifyingsome of the strengths and weaknesses of their children as far asmusic is concerned and come up with appropriate strategies for themto improve (Walter& Sat, 2013).
Inconclusion, music and movement have cognitive, physical andSocioemotional effects in the lives of early childhood-aged children.For instance, music improves their intelligence, sharpens theirmemory and helps them learn linguistic skills. Also, music andmovement improves the health of young children thus reducing theirvulnerability to childhood obesity and other complications. On thesame note, music makes children feel happy and excited, they alsolearn more about their cultural heritage. However, appropriatestrategies such as video cameras, appropriate songs, simpleimplements and rewarding best performers should be used to influencefamilies and the entire community to take parts in the development oftheir children. Equally important, families should read books andmaterials related to music, use mentors, learning institutions,governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as theirnative language to integrate music and movement into the lives oftheir children.
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